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New Christmas Traditions Get Their Due On This CD
on March 3, 2000
"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas..." days after Thanksgiving, when TV Week booklets again shows holiday specials and movies filling your screen with more traditional snow. This brief, entertaining set celebrates the new family holiday gathering, around the Zenith to watch these holiday TV chestnuts glowing.
Highlights include Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas" (from "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"), "Riu Chiu" (a Spanish carol the Monkees sing acapella after an entertaining Christmas episode), Angela Lansbury's ubiquitous but annoying "We Need A Little Christmas," Bing Crosby's radio broadcast version of the seminal "White Christmas," and Judy Garland's original version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." You also hear classics from The Chipmunks, the Charlie Brown Christmas specials, and a contrived Christmas carol from Yogi Bear and other older HB characters. (Missing are any of Jule Styne's songs from "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," or the first Flintstones' Christmas special, both from 1964.) Recommended, but only for those not having (or wanting) the respective videos, all of which are available.